This month, I've been reading a lot of great posts from around the globe, all on the theme of improving your fundraising. So, of course, I wanted to share some of my favorites with all of you.
In March, my round-up has focused on an eclectic array of themes (can I even say it was focused at all then?):
- Fresh inspirations to spruce up your events.
- Cool themes that fit the spring feeling.
- Tips on acquiring or retaining big donors.
- Ideas on building up the excitement around your fundraiser.
Spring Is a Fresh Start...Your Fundraising Might Need Some Refreshing Too
Spring is all about getting a new start: which is what I wrote about in the Spring Cleaning for Fundraising post earlier this month. But I'm not the only one writing about ways for you to freshen up your fundraising this year.
Fresh Ideas and Inspirations
These posts will walk you through new and inventive ways to host a charity event, get your board working for you, get your inspiration back, and thank your donors.
- 5 Fresh Donor Acknowledgement Ideas to Thank Donors at Every Level (SignUp.com)
- Should nonprofits refresh their brands by looking to the past? (Future Fundraising Now)
- Helping Your Board Spring to Life (GuideStar)
- Fresh Idea: Start an Inspiration Folder (The Storytelling Nonprofit)
- What Should You Do When Your Fundraiser Needs an Update? (NonProfitPRO)
If you've got a fundraiser coming up, but still aren't quite there with your theme, don't worry! These posts are filled with great new theme ideas for you to try.
- 7 Sensational Spring Carnival Booth Ideas (SignUp.com)
- Fundraising Ideas for April (Fundraising.com)
- 12 Creative PTO Fundraisers (PTOToday)
- 7 FUN Ideas for Online Fundraising: Auctions, Webinars, E-commerce, and More (Winspire)
- Spring Fundraising Ideas (WalktheWalk)
Finding Your Pot of Gold: Or at Least Some Big Donors
March isn't just about spring - it's also about St. Patty's Day. And how else to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow than by cultivating and acquiring a few major gift donors?
These articles talk about what you can do to do just that.
- How to Get Your Board Members to Help Identify Major Gift Prospects (Gail Perry)
- Online Hyper-Targeting Big Dollar Donors (The NonProfit Times)
- Seven Golden Prospecting Strategies for Major Gifts (Gail Perry)
- How to Raise Major Gifts When You Don't Have any Donors (GuideStar)
- 3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit (Not Your Father's Charity)
A Little Bit of March Madness: Let People Fundraise for You
I did a March Madness and Fundraising post earlier this month in order to welcome back the big basketball tournament. But that isn't what these posts are about.
Why is #MarchMadness such a big thing - and why do you see complete non-basketball fans fill out their brackets with such a purpose?
Because the NCAA did something super smart:
They got people to do the "work" for them by handing out brackets and making it fun.
You can do the same thing by opening yourself up to peer-to-peer and crowdfunding fundraising opportunities.
These posts walk you through how to do it.
- 7 Ways to Generate PR for Your Crowdfunding Campaign (Forbes)
- Peer-to-Peer Giving Is a "Front Door" to Long-Term Donor Relationships (Active Voice Editorial Consulting)
- 8 Steps for Raising Money Online for the Cause You Care About (GivingCity Austin)
- Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Top Tips: Perfecting the Process (Foundation Center)
- 5 Ways to Use Facebook to Increase Your Fundraising (St. Baldrick's Foundation)
Marching on Towards April: A Wrap-Up
Let's end on a super cheesy joke (because those are my favorites):
Can February March?
No. But April May.
So let's March into April the right way:
With some amazing plans for fundraising.
Read anything good on fundraising this month?
Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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